Bryony Gordon has OCD.
It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn’t repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It’s caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.
Before reading this book, I didn’t know an awful lot about OCD but something this marvellous book does is give a very deep, personal insight into what life is like living with this disorder.
This frank, unflinching account of what it’s really like to have OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – is honest and inspiring. We follow Bryony as she recounts her experiences living with this demon in her head and also how she lived with bulimia, alopecia, addiction and depression. And now how, to quote the cover, she lives a happy life with a mixed up mind.
Mad Girl is a warm, wise, witty memoir that gives a rare and truly demystifying insight into something that so many people live with.
I think this book is a must-read for everyone as it gives us clarity on OCD, which in turn offers us a deeper capacity to understand. This heart-wrenching book has the ability to help and comfort a lot of people.
Bryony Gordon has written a shockingly detailed book about her life. Instead of fleeting glances into her struggles, she opens up her past and allows us a deep look into her darkest days, all the while delivering it with immeasurable warmth and courageousness.
Brave. True. Inspirational.
I urge everybody to read this book!
If you would like to buy Mad Girl, this is the link
Big thanks to Headline for my review copy. And a big thank you to Bryony Gordon for writing this book and giving me a better understanding of OCD.